Posted 1/24/2009 3:39 AM (GMT -6)
2008 Grant Recipients
These innovative research projects will have a monumental impact in regard to the
treatment and diagnosis of Lyme disease. Your donation helps scientists and doctors
study various approaches that can one day “turn the corner” on Lyme disease.
Dr. Cheryl Koopman and Dr. Steven Harris
This research project will focus on treatment studies for various classes of Lyme
patients. It is unique because it includes subjects who have a clinical diagnosis of
Lyme disease but have tested negative using standard criteria. These types of
patients are often excluded from Lyme disease research. This study will determine if
these types of patients require treatment approaches different from today’s
conventions.This research is critical because Lyme disease is notorious for false
negatives, resulting in patients that are told they do not need treatment. In reality,
these patients are sick and deserve a treatment approach tailored to their needs.
Eva Sapi, Ph.D.
West Haven, CT
One study aims to identify whether or not deer ticks carry nematodes (microscopic
worms) in order to develop more focused treatment for patients infected by tick bites.
The second study explores whether the bacteria that causes Borrelia burgdorferi, the
bacterial agent of Lym disease, is capable of forming a complex covering called
biofilm and if this biofilm increases its resistance to antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Alan MacDonald
This study will explore if a Borrelia burgdorferi infection is one of the causes of
neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It will also seek to discover
the role of biofilms in Borrelia infections.
Raphael B. Stricker, M.D.
San Francisco, CA
This study focuses on reviewing the effectiveness of IV antibiotic treatment for
Lyme disease. In studying various doses given at different intervals, doctors will be
able to determine the best course of treatment for patients requiring antibiotics. This
study is one of the first analyses of the safety and efficacy of true long-term IV
antibiotic therapy for neurologic Lyme disease.
Lyme Literacy Programs for Doctors and Patients
NY, and Washington, DC
TTC also allocates funds for public relations efforts, support groups and
educational conferences focused on Lyme disease, projects that increase awareness
and further education of this devastating disease.